Ireland’s premier film event, the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, will return to the Irish capital later this month.
Running from February 20th to March 3rd, the festival will paint the town red with some of the world’s leading movie stars and filmmakers flying in especially. The packed programme features more than 125 events across the 12 days, including the best local and international feature films, short films and documentaries, as well as a dedicated children’s and young people’s programme and a host of special events featuring industry leaders.
The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival will kickoff in style with the Opening Gala and Irish premier of Papi Chulo, the new film from Irish director John Butler, known for Handsome Devil and The Stag. Joining John on the red carpet will be the film’s stars Matt Bomer, known for A Normal Heart, Magic Mike and The Magnificent Seven, and his co-star Alejandro Patiño. The comedy drama tells the story of a lonely, gay TV weatherman who strikes up an unusual friendship with an older straight migrant worker from Mexico and deals with themes of friendship, class, ethnicity and economic migration.
Stephan Merchant will also be in town for the premiere of his new movie, Fighting With My Family. The film is based on the true story of the rise of WWE superstar, Paige, and tells the story of reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter, Saraya, and son, Zak, who make a living performing in tiny venues across the country. Ricky and Julia want a better life for their children and they both get the chance to audition for WWE, it seems the family dream is coming true and all their troubles will be solved, but their family bonds are soon put to the test. Wrestling fans will also spot champion wrestler turned movie star, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson who produced this film.
One of the most exciting talents to come from Ireland in recent years and 2019 BAFTA Rising Star Award nominee, Killarney actor Jessie Buckley, will also attend Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival with her new film Wild Rose for the Closing Gala. Starring alongside the much-loved and twice Oscar-nominated Julie Walters and Hotel Rwanda’s Sophie Okonedo, Jessie displays her considerable musical and dramatic talent as Rose-Lynn Harlan in this inspiring, infectiously joyous heart warmer. The story tells of Rose-Lynn’s dreams of getting out of Glasgow and emulating the country singers she idolises by making it as a singer in Nashville, but life decisions and circumstances soon find her facing what she perceives as a choice between family and stardom.
“As well as celebrating the best of Irish film talent, the programme for this year’s festival once again features a global line-up including world premieres and visits from the industry’s best known stars. We’ve found some fantastic titles for this year and we’re looking forward to sharing these discoveries,” Festival Director, Grainne Humphreys, said. “Whether it’s feature films, documentaries exploring topical themes or a celebration of Charlie Chaplin’s iconic The Kid, the 2019 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival definitely celebrates the love Irish people have for cinema and those who make it. We're delighted to be working with Virgin Media as the festival’s title sponsor for three years too. They’re known for their association with the best movies and television content as Ireland’s leading connected internet provider and our partnership will allow us to bring some of the world's most exciting cinema to a wider audience.”
Niamh O’Driscoll, Senior Brand and Communications Manager at Virgin Media Ireland, added: “The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival programme is designed to be diverse, exciting and a meeting point between audiences, critics, talent and industry. We’re thrilled to be associated with such a prestigious event, and underlines our commitment to foster creativity in film production and television content as Ireland’s leading connected entertainment provider and commercial broadcasting company. Dublin will once again become a global showcase for the best films and talent. We want this to be a signal to the world of everything Ireland has to offer as a film industry hub and where we are also focused on encouraging home produced content for our own TV channels and services.”
To find out more and purchase your tickets, head to the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival website.